Tournament Rules

Council Bluffs Soccer Club

Rumble on the River 2019 Rules and Policies

 

(1.) Competition Eligibility and Acceptance

The 2019 Rumble on the River tournament is an unrestricted tournament open to boys and girls teams sanctioned by USSF member organizations (including USYSA/state associations, US Club Soccer, USSSA, SAY and AYSO), based on rosters from the 2018-2019 season. The tournament committee reserves the right to accept or reject any team application.

 

(2.) Team Composition

 
 

Age Group

Maximum Roster Size

Maximum Number of Guest Players

8U (Birth Year 2011)

6

3

9U (Birth Year 2010)

12

5

10U (Birth Year 2009)

12

5

11U (Birth Year 2008)

16

5

12U (Birth Year 2007)

16

5

13U (Birth Year 2006)

22 (suit 18)

5

14U (Birth Year 2005)

22 (suit 18)

5

 

 

(3) Check In

Local Teams (Omaha, Council Bluffs Metro Area) must check in on Thursday evening, April 25. Out of town teams may check in Friday evening, April 26, or at least one (1) hour prior to the scheduled start of their first game. Games will start as early as 5:00 pm on Friday, for local teams. All other teams must be ready to play at 8:00 am on Saturday.

At check-in, the team representative must have:

Copy of official state USYSA or affiliate roster (to be kept by tournament).

Medical release forms for each player, including guest players (notarization not required)

Current player / coach passes, including for guest players, laminated, hole-punched, and with pictures.

Permission to travel forms - required for USYSA teams not registered in Iowa/ISA (copy to be kept by tournament).

Guest player form for each guest player (copy to be kept by tournament).

Player passes will be validated and returned to coaches. Referees will check player passes throughout the tournament.

 

(4.) Laws of the Game

The tournament shall be played in accordance with the laws of the game as written by FIFA, observed by USSF, and modified for youth by the USYSA. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make temporary modifications if special circumstances dictate for the good of the tournament.

 

(5.) Tournament Committee

The tournament committee shall consist of the Tournament Director(s), Director(s) of Officials, and designated members of Council Bluffs Soccer Club (CBSC). All issues and concerns relating to the tournament shall be directed to the Tournament Committee. All tournament decisions are the responsibility of the Tournament Committee. The decisions of the Tournament Committee are final. No protest of game outcomes will be considered. All referee decisions are final.

 

(6.) Length of Games, Ball Size and Format

AGE

GAME TIME

BALL SIZE

HALF TIME

FORMAT

Minimum Players to Start Game

Offsides

8U

2x15 min halves

3

Maximum 5 min

4 v 4

3

   From build out line

9U & 10U

2x20 min halves

4

Maximum 5 min

7 v 7

5

From build out line

11U & 12U

2x25 min halves

4

Maximum 5 min

9 v 9

6

From build out line

13U & 14U

2x30 min halves

5

Maximum 5 min

11 v 11

7

From build out line

The referee is the official timekeeper of the match.

Preliminary / round-play matches may end in a tie. Quarterfinal, semi-final and final matches ending in a tie will go directly to a shoot-out (kicks from the mark).

The Tournament Director has final authority concerning the cancellation, delay, change of time, or any other alteration of games, as required due to weather or other emergencies. The Tournament Director will have the authority to change games as follows:

relocate and/or reschedule any games

shorten game times

use “kicks from the mark” to make up any postponed games

cancel games in preliminary rounds which have no bearing on group winners

modify rules for tiebreakers in case all games are not played in full

 

Games terminated after one half of play due to inclement weather or other emergency situations will be considered final. If games are stopped after the preliminary rounds, the two top point teams in each division will be winners (champion and finalist).

 

There will be no intentional heading in any Under-11 or younger games. An intentional header will result in an indirect free kick being awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction. If an intentional header occurs within the goal area, an indirect free kick will be awarded on the goal area line parallel to the goal line of the nearest point to where the infraction occurred.

 

U8 Festival teams will be scheduled 3 games, no score will be kept. 

 

(7.) Round-Play Points

Unless otherwise notified, all preliminary games count when assessing points earned (including cross-over games)

A. Six (6) points for a win

B. Three (3) points for a tie

C. Zero (0) points for a loss

D. Goal Points – One (1) point will be given up to a total of three (3) points per game. If the game ends 2-1, the winning team receives 8 points; the losing team receives 1 point

E. One (1) point for a shutout (a 0-0 tie is 4 points, 3 for the tie, 1 for the shutout)

F. Player Red card or coach ejection – Minus one (-1) point

Teams with the most points advance to single elimination play (quarter-finals, semi-finals, or finals). If there is no single elimination play in a bracket, then the final standings for the bracket are based on points accumulated in the round-play games.

 

(8.) Tiebreaker Criteria and Procedures

If two or more teams are tied in pool play standings, the following sequence will be followed until a team is eliminated. Once a team has been eliminated, the remaining teams will then restart the sequence at the first criteria.

Criteria in order:

1) Winner of head-to-head competition (this criteria is not used if more than two teams are tied)

2) Winner of most games in team’s respective pool

3) Goal differential (goals scored minus goals allowed), with a maximum differential of four (4) goals per game

4) Fewest goals allowed

5) FIFA kicks from the Mark

If three teams remain tied after going through the tiebreakers, thus requiring Kicks from the Mark, there will be a draw by the Tournament Director to determine which two teams kick first.

1) The first team drawn will receive a bye

2) The second team drawn will be the home team and will kick against the remaining team in the first contest of Kicks from the Mark.

3) The winner of the first contest will then compete against the bye team in Kicks from the Mark to determine the team that will advance. The home team will be the bye team.

If four teams remain tied after going through the tiebreakers, thus requiring Kicks from the Mark, there will be

a draw by the Tournament Director to determine which teams kick against each other.

1) The first team drawn will compete against the second team drawn in Kicks from the Mark. The first team drawn will be the home team.

2) The third team drawn will compete against the fourth team drawn in Kicks from the Mark. The third team drawn will be the home team.

3) The winners of each of the first two contests will then compete in Kicks from the Mark to determine the team that will advance. The home team will be the winner of the first drawn vs. second drawn contest.

 

(9.) Forfeited Games

Any team quitting during the tournament and/or leaving the field of play prior to the conclusion of a game shall forfeit the game. Teams will be allowed a ten (10) minute grace period for the scheduled kickoff time before they forfeit the game. The watch of the Center Referee is the official time. The game will be recorded 2-0 for the winner and 0-2 for the loser. If a team forfeits a game, that team will not be allowed to advance out of their bracket to final round play or, if in a bracket with no final round play, shall not be able to be awarded champion or finalist standing. Forfeited games do count towards the three games guaranteed to each team. The Tournament Committee is not responsible for teams that do not show up for matches.

 

(10.) Home Team

The home team will be listed first on the schedule. Home team will provide the game ball.

 

(11)  Uniforms and Equipment

Players must have matching uniforms with numbers on the backs of the shirts. Each player shall have a different number. In the event team colors conflict, the home team is responsible for changing. In quarter-final, semi-final and final games, the loser of a coin toss will change. Shin guards are mandatory equipment. Knee braces and orthopedic appliances can be worn if all hard surfaces, hinges, and edges are appropriately padded. Casts will be permitted and must have a minimum of 2 inches soft padding. All players’ equipment is subject to referee approval.  No necklaces, bracelets, earrings or rings of any kind will be allowed.

 

(12) Protests

The Tournament Committee will not authorize and/or accept any protests. All decisions by the referee in charge are final.

 

(13) Substitutions

Substitutions for all age groups will be unlimited. Substitution will not be allowed for a player ordered from the field by the referee for misconduct (red card). Substitutions made be made at the consent of the referee at any of the following times:

Prior to a throw in by either team

Prior to a goal-kick by either team

After a goal by either team

After an injury by either team where the referee stops the play and can substitute one for one

At the half time

If a player is issued a yellow card, a coach may substitute for that player only during that stoppage in play

 

(14) Conduct Yellow Card

A cautioned (yellow card) player must be substituted out immediately after the caution is administered. The opposing team does not have a substitution opportunity at this time. The cautioned player may remain on the field if his/her team does not have any substitutes. The cautioned player may re-enter the field at his/her team’s next substitution opportunity. Two yellow cards for the same player in a single game will be the equivalent of a red card.

Red Card

Any player or coach ejected shall not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. All ejected players and their coach will report to the Tournament Headquarters immediately following the game in which the ejection occurred. If a team receives two ejections, that team will be ejected from the tournament. Tournament officials reserve the right to extend the disqualification based upon the nature of the offense.

Team Conduct

Coaches and other officials are subject to all rules pertaining to misconduct, including cautions, ejections, and standard suspension. Any other individuals who may be reasonably construed as being associated with a team such as relatives

and spectators shall also be subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the member organization. Any coach or team official shall be held responsible for the actions of any individual(s) at any match that, in the opinion of the referee, is a supporter of that team.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE AND/OR ACTIONS BY PLAYERS, COACHES, AND/OR SPECTATORS WILL NOT BE

TOLERATED. The referee has the power to verbally warn, caution, or send off the team coach for the conduct of the spectators.

 

(15) Official Standings

Official standings will be posted at the Tournament Headquarters. It is the responsibility of the coaches to check these standings to determine quarter-final / semi-final / final qualifiers.

 

(16)  Refund / Cancellation Policy

Teams not accepted into the tournament will receive a full refund. Teams that withdraw after they are accepted forfeit their entry fee. If a team forfeits before the tournament starts, each team in that bracket will receive a win of 2-0. There are no refunds for games not played due to forfeits.

Once a team has been accepted into the tournament and games are cancelled, shortened, or modified in any way due to inclement weather, or other acts beyond the tournament’s control, refunds will be based upon the following criteria: (1) No games played: refund of entry fee minus 25%. (2) 1 game played: refund of entry fee minus 50%. (3) 2 or more games played: there will be no refunds. All refunds will be sent to the club treasurer or identified team contact within 2-3 weeks.

THE COUNCIL BLUFFS SOCCER CLUB (CBSC); COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA PARK AND RECREATION; USYSA; TOURNAMENT SPONSORS; OR ANY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR EMPLOYEE OF THESE, SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY EXPENSE INCURRED BY ANY TEAM IF THE EVENT IS CANCELLED IN WHOLE OR IN PART OR FOR ANY LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE TOURNAMENT FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY LOSS IN CONNECTION WITH TRAVELING TO, PARTICIPATING IN, OR TRAVELING HOME FROM THE TOURNAMENT. EACH TEAM, PLAYER, COACH, OR FAN SHALL PARTICIPATE AT HIS/HER OWN RISK.

The Director’s or Committee’s interpretation of the foregoing rules and regulations, as applied to any situation, shall be final. The tournament reserves the right to change rules up until the start of the tournament if the tournament committee deems necessary.

 

TEAMS MAY NOT USE THE GOAL AREAS FOR WARM-UP OR PRACTICE.

Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and pets are NOT allowed at the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex or any other event sites. Violations may result in the forfeiture of that match.